First Look: East Colfax Avenue Welcomes the Humble Pie Store

Salted-caramel apple pie at the Humble Pie StoreEXPAND
Salted-caramel apple pie at the Humble Pie Store
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It has been more than a year since Humble Pie closed its tiny Baker neighborhood shop (now occupied by Waffle Up); since then, the bakery's "frequent pie-ers" have had to content themselves with special orders. But now the wait is finally over for a new retail outlet: The Humble Pie Store officially opened this morning at 3550 East Colfax Avenue, after a sold-out soft opening on Sunday.

Humble Pie joins Cerebral Brewing in a new retail center that was once the Galaxie Auto Body Shop; co-founder Jessica Dolgan remembers taking her first car there and has incorporated automotive elements into the decor, including swing-out bar stools made from used brake rotors.

Humble Pie shares the corner with Cerebral Brewing and one other soon-to-open eatery.EXPAND
Humble Pie shares the corner with Cerebral Brewing and one other soon-to-open eatery.
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The pie shop will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a range of sweet and savory pies and other pastry-wrapped goods. General manager Tia Tashiro says the menu is about 60 percent savory, with quiches, pot pies, rolls, galettes and "meatheads" — fist-sized meatballs wrapped in pie dough. The opening menu features three meatheads: turkey-green chile with green chile sauce, chicken with pesto, and triple Italian (beef, pork and veal) served with marinara. Pot pies come in mini or medium sizes and include Bubbie's chicken pot pie, based on Dolgan's grandmother's recipe and made entirely from scratch — including the chicken stock.

On the sweet side, the shop serves up slices of salted-caramel apple, banana cream, chocolate chess, pear-blackberry and toasted coconut cream. Even the graham crackers in the graham-cracker crust are made in-house. The pie shop also carries ice cream from nearby Liks, so you can order by the scoop or cone — or for a super-indulgent treat, choose a pie shake made with a slice of pie blended with ice cream.

Rows of meatheads.EXPAND
Rows of meatheads.
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A full espresso bar fueled by beans from Sweet Bloom Coffee, an East Colfax roaster, tempts early risers, but there's also a full bar with house cocktails and a spirits list heavy on mezcal, tequila, bourbon and Scotch. While there are a few wine and beer choices, Tashiro says that with Cerebral right next door, they're happy to keep the focus on mixed drinks — many made with Colorado spirits and local bitters and other ingredients.

Store hours have yet to be permanently set, but for now the doors will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., with later hours possible on the weekends once the shop has time to settle into the neighborhood. Keep reading for more photos.

Step up to the counter for pies and other treats.EXPAND
Step up to the counter for pies and other treats.
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Mid-sized pot pies.EXPAND
Mid-sized pot pies.
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First Look: East Colfax Avenue Welcomes the Humble Pie StoreEXPAND
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Veggie hand pies.EXPAND
Veggie hand pies.
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Humble Pie's full bar will focus on cocktails and Colorado spirits.EXPAND
Humble Pie's full bar will focus on cocktails and Colorado spirits.
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Meatheads come in chicken, Italian or turkey-green chile.EXPAND
Meatheads come in chicken, Italian or turkey-green chile.
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A few locally made pantry items are available at the counter.EXPAND
A few locally made pantry items are available at the counter.
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The new shop's pastry case packed with sweet and savory pies.EXPAND
The new shop's pastry case packed with sweet and savory pies.
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Local roaster Sweet Bloom provides the beans.EXPAND
Local roaster Sweet Bloom provides the beans.
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Turkey meatheads pair with green chile sauce.EXPAND
Turkey meatheads pair with green chile sauce.
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Decor includes antiques, found items, handmade pieces and reclaimed auto parts.EXPAND
Decor includes antiques, found items, handmade pieces and reclaimed auto parts.
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Translucent menu boards are set on rollers.EXPAND
Translucent menu boards are set on rollers.
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Owner Jessica Dolgin put in much of the work — like the finishes on these tabletops.EXPAND
Owner Jessica Dolgin put in much of the work — like the finishes on these tabletops.
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First Look: East Colfax Avenue Welcomes the Humble Pie StoreEXPAND
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Garage doors will open onto a patio on Colfax when the weather permits.EXPAND
Garage doors will open onto a patio on Colfax when the weather permits.
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A vintage stove serves as decoration.EXPAND
A vintage stove serves as decoration.
Humble Pie looks out onto East Colfax Avenue at Monroe Street.EXPAND
Humble Pie looks out onto East Colfax Avenue at Monroe Street.
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3550 E. Colfax Ave.
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